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Age-related memory loss and MCI
Iris L.
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:22 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16579

Jo C. posted a link to an article that discusses age-related memory loss and MCI.

Iris L.

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2016 8:52 AM
Joined: 9/12/2013
Posts: 3560

from article:

"Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an intermediate stage between normal age-related cognitive changes and the more serious symptoms that indicate dementia. MCI can involve problems with memory, language, thinking, and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes, but the line between MCI and normal memory problems is not always a clear one. The difference is often one of degrees.

"The course is difficult to predict, but in general, the greater the degree of memory impairment, the greater your risk of developing dementia some time in the future.

Symptoms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) include:

  • Frequently losing or misplacing things
  • Frequently forgetting conversations, appointments, or events
  • Difficulty remembering the names of new acquaintances
  • Difficulty following the flow of a conversation ".......
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  •  there is also a test on that page.


Michael Ellenbogen
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2016 9:18 AM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 3431

Do you wonder. For those of us who have AD. Will we decline even faster because of age related issues.


Iris L.
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2016 12:09 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16579

Michael, age-related memory loss is not progressive and will not make Alzheimer's Disease progress faster.  If a patient declines, it is due to the Alzheimer's Disease, not age-related memory loss.

From the article:

Does your memory loss affect your ability to function?

The primary difference between age-related memory loss and dementia is that the former isn’t disabling. The memory lapses have little impact on your daily performance and ability to do what you want to do. Dementia, on the other hand, is marked by a persistent, disabling decline in two or more intellectual abilities such as memory, language, judgment, and abstract thinking.

When memory loss becomes so pervasive and severe that it disrupts your work, hobbies, social activities, and family relationships, you may be experiencing the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, or another disorder that causes dementia, or a condition that mimics dementia.

Thanks for hyperlinking, Alz+.

Iris L.